2011-01-20 / Local & State

County Electronics Recycling Continues Through This Week

Final day of collection slated for Saturday, January 22
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Roughly 30 vehicles made a pit stop at the warehouse located adjacent to the American Legion on Saturday to take advantage of the annual collection of unwanted computer and electronics equipment.

Greg Reineke of the Fulton County Conservation District reported even though the opening day of the ongoing recycling event did not net “huge quantities of material,” organizers remain hopeful the continued collection will see more unwanted items pour in through the finale set for Saturday, January 22.

Items currently being collected are personal computers, laptops, mainframe computers, hard drives, circuit boards, printers, modems, answering machines, compact disc players, DVD players and VCRs. In addition, cellular telephones, telephones, copiers, electronic games, fax machines, pagers, radios, microwave ovens, and other consumers electronics will also be accepted, according to Reineke.

Television sets will be taken in exchange for a small handling fee. Televisions with a screen measuring less than 20 inches will be accepted for a fee of $10 and screens larger than 20 inches are recycled for $20.

“Properly reusing or recycling electronics prevents heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, mercury and chromium and other toxic materials from potentially hurting our health. Likewise, recycling recovers valuable materials (precious and other metals, plastics and glass) from old electronics that can be used to make new products,” Reineke stated.

“As a result, we reduce greenhouse emissions, reduce pollution, save energy, extend landfill life and save resources by extracting fewer raw materials from the Earth,” he added.

Items strictly prohibited from being recycled at this time are small kitchen appliances, batteries, lamps, vacuum cleaners, irons and florescent tubes and bulbs.

General collection will run daily through Friday, January 21, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Fulton County Conservation District located at 216 North Second Street, McConnellsburg. On Saturday, January 22, residents wishing to participate in the collection event are asked to stop by the warehouse beside the McConnellsburg American Legion ( 610 East North Street) between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Reineke concluded residents may wish to take advantage of this opportunity to recycle as a newly passed state law will prohibit certain electronics from being thrown away in everyday trash within the next year.

Additional information regarding the electronics collection event can be obtained by contacting Reineke at the Conservation District by calling 717-485- 3547, Ext. 120.

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